Music That Moves Me - Audio Diaries

Welcome to Music That Moves ME Audio Diaries Vault

Each weekday this coming June we will post up a new audio diary as it is aired on Maine Public Radio and Maine Public Classical. People sharing their passion and love for music is a very powerful reminder of the role music plays in all of our lives. The 2018 season of Music That Moves ME is possible through the support of the Maine Community Foundation and Lee Auto Malls.

Take a few moments and explore our archived Music That Moves ME segments below. Enjoy!

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"Between Two Lungs"

Jun 22, 2018
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Cyndi Lou is a Portland-based tattoo artist. She currently lives with her partner, rescue pittie and two cats. She is 17 years journeying with LAM.

Musical Memory: "Between Two Lungs" by Florence and the Machine

"I've Got a Girl Named Boney Maronie"

Jun 21, 2018

Marge Irvine was born in Brooklyn, New York, and now lives in Brooklin, Maine.  Thanks to age and luck, she's managed to avoid hipsters in both of those places. Retired from full-time teaching at the University of Maine, she still teaches one class every fall and continues her work as a scholar and facilitator with the Maine Humanities Council.

Musical Memory: "I've Got a Girl Named Boney Maronie" by Larry Williams

Beethoven's Symphony No. 3

Jun 20, 2018

Now in his 38th year with Maine Public, Charles Beck serves as our vice president for content for radio and television, overseeing the programming and operations of both services. While he may be "from away," Maine has been Charles's home more than any other place.

Musical Memory: Symphony No. 3 (Eroica) by Ludwig van Beethoven

"Dies Irae"

Jun 19, 2018

Dr. Nicolás Alberto Dosman is an assistant professor of music, choral conducting and the director of choral studies at the University of Southern Maine's School of Music and the director of the Southern Maine Children's Chorus. He also serves as the artistic director of the Community Chorus at South Berwick.

Musical Memory: "Dies Irae" from Giuseppe Verdi's Requiem 

"Compared to What"

Jun 18, 2018

Todd the Rocket is a musician, DJ, and music producer living in Westbrook, Maine. He is the founder of music and media site, The Downbeat Renaissance, telling stories about the roots of music, movements, and culture.

Musical Memory: "Compared to What" by Gene McDaniels, as recorded by Roberta Flack


Jun 15, 2018

Lewis Robinson lives in Portland, Maine and is the author of the story collection "Officer Friendly" and the novel "Water Dogs."

Musical Memory: "Snowbird" by Anne Murray

Edith Frey Read

Jun 14, 2018

Kirk Read teaches French and Francophone Studies at Bates College. He sings in a Portland early music a cappella group, Renaissance Voices, and recently honored his mother's theatrical past by playing Roy Cohn in the Bates production of Angels in America.

Musical Memory: The vocal music of his mother, Edith Frey Read

"The Reach"

Jun 13, 2018

Ann Rothschild grew up in Rockford, Illinois. She went to the University of Denver where she spent her time as a ski instructor. She has degrees in music, education and social work. Ann is on the board of the Farnsworth Museum and the Islesboro Island Community Center.

Musical Memory: "The Reach" by Dan Fogelberg

"Arrival of the Queen of Sheba"

Jun 12, 2018


Irv Williams is a native of Baltimore but has made Maine his home since 1973. He had a very short career in broadcasting, co-anchoring a pirate AM radio station for one summer in the mid 1960s from a secret location on the Chesapeake Bay. He is currently a part-time caregiver for two (soon to be three) grandchildren and enjoys traveling, camping in Maine and the Maritimes, and, of course, listening to Maine Public and NPR. He is married and lives in South Portland. 

Musical Memory: "Arrival of the Queen of Sheba" by George Frideric Handel, performed by Academy of St. Martins in the Fields, heard on Morning Pro Musica with Robert J. Lurtsema

"Road to Zion"

Jun 11, 2018

Nick Jenkins is an 18-year-old pilot, musician, and student. He is an avid concertgoer and loves to meet artists after their shows. When he's not going to concerts or studying, you can find him in the sky enjoying his private pilot license or in the studio with his band Rest Assured, the 2018 MAAM Slam Champions. He will be attending Purdue this fall majoring in Professional Flight and hopes to find some people interested in forming another band.

Musical Memory: "Road to Zion" by Damian Marley (featuring Nas)


Jun 8, 2018

Gerry Wright is a jazz pianist who has played with Don Doane, Tony Bruno, Fred Petra, and many others throughout Maine and New England. He has been a music educator and choral director for nearly fifty years, best known for his work at Messalonskee High School and Maine Central Institute.

Musical Memory: "Tenderly" by Oscar Peterson

In Rainbows

Jun 7, 2018

Desi Van Til was raised in Farmington, Maine, the daughter of a pair of educators. After studying literature at Princeton and spending a croissant-intensive year in Paris on a fellowship, she worked as a development executive in the film industry in Los Angeles. A decade ago, she returned to Maine with her husband Sean to make the feature film Tumbledown based on her script. She now lives in Portland with her kids Arden and Emerson and enjoys things like the Deering Oaks Farmers’ Market, picnics at Kettle Cove, the eclectic programming at SPACE, and working on Maine-based stories.

Musical Memory: In Rainbows by Radiohead

"Lindsey’s Dance"

Jun 6, 2018


Jackie Belknap was born, raised, and now lives in Damariscotta. Having left Maine for college, she felt very fortunate to return to her family land in 1996. In 2002, she adopted Lindsey (age 4) from China. Lindsey loved to dance, even before leaving China, and studied at several schools in New England. She died of osteosarcoma (bone cancer) in 2010 at the age of 12. Jackie earned her Masters of Social Work from Rutgers University and now works in Augusta as a Mental Health and Substance Abuse clinician. 

Musical Memory: "Lindsey’s Dance" composed by Brad Ciechomski, performed by the 7th and 8th Grade Band at Great Salt Bay School in Damariscotta

"Alberto Balsalm"

Jun 5, 2018

Duncan is a blogger who likes to write about music and adventure. He grew up in Brunswick, Maine, and recently bought his first record player.

Musical Memory: "Alberto Balsalm" by Aphex Twin

"The Lark Ascending"

Jun 4, 2018

Rick Gallion grew up in Southeast Kansas. He joined the army at 17 and served 7 years, 3 of those as a Captain with the First Special Forces Group in Okinawa. He graduated college in 1975 with a B.A. in French Literature. Rick worked for the U.S. Marshals Service, District of Kansas, for 16 years, during which time he spent 10 years studying ballet and jazz dance and performing in community theater. He left the Federal Civil Service to pursue a career in custom woodworking and moved to Maine with his wife, Linda, in 2002. Together, they own a Bed and Breakfast in a 165-year-old farmhouse in Jefferson, where he also built a shop and opened a woodworking school. 

Musical Memory: "The Lark Ascending" by Ralph Vaughan Williams